Big announcement for the OKAPT Annual Conference!


Hello Play Therapy Enthusiast!

It is time for the big announcement for the OKAPT Annual Conference.  The conference will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2018 with Dr. Terry Kottman!  Terry Kottman, Ph.D., RPT-S, NCC, LMHC will present on Art Techniques for Play Therapists.  This will be a conference you do not want to miss!  Stay connected with us for more information on registration.   Two pre-conference workshops for Friday, January 26, 2018 have already been posted on the website under ‘Training Opportunities.’

OKAPT has been really busy with Lunch and Learns.  The last one on July 14th in Tulsa was a great success.  We are glad we are getting to provide our members with more and more perks for being a part of this great organization.  The next Lunch and Learn training will be held on August 18th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.  The training will be done by Betsy Maguire and will be on Play Therapy with Sandtrays.  As always, members will get 2 CEUs for FREE.  If you are not a member, the cost will be $30.  HOWEVER, we want to encourage those new to the field to come, so we will provide one training for FREE for non-members to get a feel of what OKAPT has to offer you and your professional development.  So, if you have never come to a training please join us!  Also, check out the website for the most up-to-date information on trainings and if a training is coming to your area soon!

From the desk of the President-Elect…

The APT dude has been working hard this summer!  Pictured here with Sharon Beets, OKAPT President Elect, he attended New Hope Summer Camp.  The Dude was assisted by interns from
FIVE Oklahoma Colleges and Universities.  These students were bachelor and master level counseling students all interested in Play Therapy.  NSU-BA, OSU, OU, East Central, and Tulsa Community College were represented. The interns and Dude provided activities for campers during four afternoon sessions.
New Hope is an organization that provides support and outreach to children who have a parent incarcerated.
Way to go Guys!!


Play on!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

OKAPT President

Hello, OKAPT!

Hello OKAPT!

I hope you had a safe and restful Independence Day.  I wanted to send out a reminder about the Lunch-and Learn training we have coming up in the Tulsa area on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  This training is FREE to OKAPT members!  You will receive 2 CEUs for LPC, LMFT, LCSW in addition to APT CEUs.  Angie Metcalf will be presenting on “Using Play Therapy with Toddler Tantrums”.  The location of the workshop will be 512 W. Washington in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  To attend the training, please sign up by emailing Sharon Beets at  Just let her know who you are, if you are a current member of OKAPT, and that you are planning on attending.

Keep in mind, you can view the most updated information on our Lunch-and Learn training opportunities on our website at:

The next one is scheduled for August in OKC.  We will also have another training in Broken Arrow, one in Lawton, and one in Stillwater in 2017.  Take advantage of our membership perks!

Also, please stay in contact by reading this newsletter.  I hope by next month, the annual conference presenter will be set.  I can’t wait for that announcement!

Stay cool and playful!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
OKAPT President

Upcoming Education Opportunities


Are you heading to Minneapolis in October for the APT International Conference?  If so, for a limited time only, APT is offering 35% off conference workshop fees for all current APT members! Use Discount Code APT35. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts and valid only until June 6, 2017!  I know I took the opportunity and signed up today.  We hope to see many of your faces there!

If you can’t make it to the conference, please join us for Lunch and Learn workshops right here in Oklahoma.  The next training will be Friday, July 14th 11:30 am-1:00 pm.  It will be held at 512 W. Washington in Broken Arrow.  Angie Metcalf, LPC will be presenting on Using Play with Toddler Tantrums.  You don’t want to miss it!

Check out our website for the most up-to-date information on FREE CEU trainings for members of OKAPT!

Have a great June!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
President OKAPT

Happy Spring, OKAPT!

Happy Spring OKAPT!

It is officially the start of a new APT year, and that means that you have a new OKAPT Board!  I wanted to take some time out to let you know my plans as president and what we are working on so far.  The first thing I want to implement, is monthly newsletters to inform you of what we have been discussing and remind you of upcoming FREE trainings for OKAPT members.  Training opportunities are occurring in Oklahoma City, Broken Arrow, Stillwater, and Lawton for 2017.  We have tentative dates, but I want to have all the information approved before giving the information out.  Look for that in the next newsletter and on the OKAPT website.

Speaking of the OKAPT website, the board is working on getting new headshots and information to me so the board webpage can be updated.   Please check out the website for contact information!   The new board members are:


Nancy Rumley Soliz, LMFT, RPT-S


Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT-President-Elect

Board Members

Nikkie Dunnigan, LPC, RPT

Tiffany Hawkins-Berry, LPC, RPT

Stephanie Horton, LPC, RPT

Kay Johndrow, LPC, LBP, LADC-S, RPT-S

Lea May, LMFT, RPT-S

Cynthia Osuna, LPC, NCC, RPT

Julie Reising, LMFT


I hope you have a playful April!


Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

President OKAPT

Happy Holidays, OKAPT!

I hope you are staying warm in this weather!  I just wanted to give everyone an update about what has been happening with OKAPT.  As of yesterday, the election has closed for the 2017-2019 board.  We will be counting up the votes and meeting as a board before announcing the results.  Before the conference on January 28th, we will let all those who ran for board positions know the results.  We will then announce the election results at the conference, and will send out the results in a newsletter to those who were unable to attend the conference.

Those members that are newly-elected board members are encouraged to attend the board meeting that will be held during lunch time of the conference.  The new board members will officially start their term on April 1, 2017 and will end their term on March 31, 2019.  Join us at the conference to be the first to know who will be on the board!

About the conference: YOU ARE NOW ABLE TO REGISTER VIA OUR WEBSITE!  You can choose to pay for the conference with a credit card, or you can register to pay at the door.  The conference will feature Dr. Robert Jason Grant, author of Autplay Therapy Handbook and creator of Autplay Therapy®.  His presentation entitled “Play Therapy for Autism, ADHD, and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” will be one you won’t want to miss.  Six hours of continuing education credit will be available for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, and LBPs, as well as six hours of direct play therapy credit from APT.  OKAPT members get an added bonus for their membership by getting 3 additional FREE CEUs offered Friday evening with a paid admission to the conference on Saturday.  You will also be able to register for the Friday night workshops on the website.  Register today and spread the word:

As always, please contact us with any questions!
Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
Interim President-Elect

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at

OKAPT Board Members Election Time

November 16, 2016

Hello OKAPT Members!

Now that the election slate has been public for 30 days, it is time to cast your ballot.  You have to be a member of OKAPT in order to vote.  Please follow the hyperlink below to complete your ballot.


If you need to check out the biographies for the candidates running, it can be found at:

Thank you!

Cynthia Wolf, LPC, RPT-S

Nancy Rumley Soliz, LMFT, RPT-S
Interim President-Elect

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at


OKAPT Election Slate

OKAPT members,

The time to elect our positions for President, President-Elect and board members is quickly approaching.  Below is a short bio on each of the persons running for a position.  This slate will also be posted online at  The election will take place November 15-December 15.  At that time, you will be given instructions on how to vote.  Thank you so much and thank you to all the members that are running for a position!

Election Slate for 2016 OKAPT

President (2017-2019)

Nancy Rumley Soliz, LMFT, RPT-S
My name is Nancy Rumley Soliz, and I would like to be considered to be your OKAPT President for the 2017-2019 term.  My play therapy journey started when I received my BS at Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a major in Family Relations and Child Development and minor in Psychology.  I then attended Kansas State University, a COAMFTE accredited program, and received by MS in 2008.  During my time at KSU, I attended classes at KC Play Therapy Institute and received my training hours towards my RPT certification.  During my time in Kansas, I worked with a variety of clientele at Ft. Riley and through the on-campus Family Center.

After returning to Oklahoma, I worked for a therapeutic foster care agency as a therapist and moved on to the role of  clinical director.  After over four years at that organization, I worked doing contract work and am now in private practice in NW OKC.  I currently serve as a LMFT Supervisor and RPT Supervisor.  In addition to play therapy, I have received training in EMDR and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.  A colleague and I have also started Oklahoma Play Therapy Training Institute to bring play therapy training opportunities to the OKC metro.  I have enjoyed serving you on the OKAPT Board the last 2 years and have tried to focus on making communication forefront though helping in the development of the new website, being on a news segment for National Play Therapy Week in OKC, and through helping to run OKAPT Lunch- and-Learn play therapy trainings in OKC.  I hope to continue to work towards promoting play therapy in Oklahoma as your president.  Thank you!

President-Elect (2017-2019)/President (2019-2021)

Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT
My name is Sharon Beets, I am a LPC-S and Registered Play Therapist.  I am running for the President-Elect spot and Board member spot on the OKAPT board.  I believe that it is very important to continue to spread the word about Play therapy throughout Oklahoma.  I have attended three APT conferences, participated on the National Ethics Committee and 2016 APT Leadership Graduate.  I have also presented at the 2015 OKAPT conference and other play therapy trainings.  It will be my goal as a member of the board to increase communication about Play Therapy and the impact Play Therapy can have to those around us.

Nikkie Dunnigan, LPC
Nikkie Dunnigan is a Licensed Professional Counselor, whose therapeutic work focuses on children from birth to age 12, children with developmental delays, and their caregivers. Nikkie is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, Oklahoma Association for Play Therapy, and the Oklahoma Association of Infant Mental Health. Nikkie has completed the requirements for, and is awaiting approval as a, Registered Play Therapist; is a certified AutPlay Therapy provider; and is a registered parent educator for Circle of Security International. Nikkie serves children and families at her private group practice, The Play Place, LLC, in Stillwater, OK. In additional to therapy services, Nikkie regularly consults with teachers and childcare providers to help children succeed in school and childcare settings. Nikkie is contracted to provide classroom observations and mental health support at Perry and Guthrie head starts/early head starts and provides therapy services on-site at Perry Elementary School.

Nikkie gained counseling experience as an intern at The Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch, NorthCare for Kids, and Ripley Elementary School prior to completing her Master of Science in Counseling in 2013 at Oklahoma State University. Following graduation, Nikkie worked as a behavioral health rehab specialist, then as a therapist, for CREOKS Behavioral Health Services. Upon completing license requirements, Nikkie opened The Play Place as a private practice in order to provide high-quality mental health care for children, while maintaining low client-to therapist caseloads. Nikkie was thrilled to teach Developmental Interventions to masters counseling students for Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2014 and Nikkie and her partner, Ashley Weckstein, have recently began offering play therapy related CEUs and hope to continue to provide many education opportunities.  Nikkie loves serving families in Stillwater and neighboring communities and hopes to provide service to fellow play therapists as a board member for the OKAPT.

OKAPT Board Members (2017-2019)

Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT
See bio above.

Phyllis Bowen, LCSW
Hi everyone!  I am an Oklahoma native and have always lived in different areas of this beautiful state. I have three adult daughters that continuously inspire me, and have been blessed with two grandchildren. When not working, I enjoy time spent with family and friends. I’ve developed a hobby of taking drives to appreciate and capture nature and landscape photography.  I have 20 years experience working with children and families in the field of early childhood, and have had a long time understanding of “Play being the work of a child.”
In 2006 I earned my Associates in early childhood, in 2009 my bachelors in family studies and gerontology, and in 2013 my MSW in social work. In August of 2013, I began working as a clinical therapist, and in January of this year became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In September of 2015 I began taking play therapy courses, and expect to apply for RPT by the end of this year. I am a member of APT. I do have a long term goal of perusing a doctoral degree for the purpose of further research with play therapy.

Thank you for your consideration,
Phyllis Bowen, LCSW

Courtney Chandler, LMFT Candidate
Courtney Chandler earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 2012. Courtney continued her education at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where she earned a Masters of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014. During her time at Friends University, Courtney received play therapy training from the Kansas City Play Therapy Institute and is currently under supervision to become a Registered Play Therapist. Courtney is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families who struggle with various issues including anxiety, depression, low self-worth, trauma, grief and relational difficulties, and aims to promote mental health awareness and education throughout the community. Courtney has received additional training in Sand Tray Therapy, Couples Communication, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Nikkie Dunnigan. LPC
See bio above.

Tiffany Hawkins-Berry, LPC, RPT
Tiffany is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Arts in Marriage and Family therapy with emphasis in child and adolescent play therapy from Southern Nazarene University. Tiffany completed her internship in an adult mental health inpatient facility where she gained the knowledge and experience of recognizing severe mental illness.  Tiffany is trained and educated to work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and specializes in play therapy and play therapy techniques. She has worked in infant mental health where she has worked closely with infants, children, and parents practicing bonding and attachment therapy. She has counseled persons with anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, adjustment disorders, physical and sexual trauma, and grief. She has experience working in infant mental health practicing bonding and attachment therapy, therapeutic foster care, school based therapy, mental health triage administering psychological assessments and determining crisis stabilization needs, and private practice. Tiffany believes in providing an integrative approach to therapy in a supportive environment where empathic understanding, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard transpires in order to provide children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with the opportunity to achieve mental and emotional healing. Tiffany has a passion for play therapy due to the creative challenge and uniqueness required to work with children on their developmental level and in a therapeutic setting, bringing healing utilizing a language they understand and know best, Play!

Stephanie Horton, LPC, RPT
Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Stephanie received her B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology in 2000 from Southern Nazarene University. She then completed her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010, also from Southern Nazarene University. Stephanie became a member of RPT in February 2014.  Stephanie is also a LPC-S and provides training and supervision to therapist who are working toward their LPC. Stephanie enjoys working daily with at risk children in her area to provide them with hope and a secure future. Stephanie strives daily to provide hope and security for all her clients and is passionate in this complex field of service.

Kay Johndrow, LPC, LBP, LADC-S, RPT-S
Kay Johndrow is a (RPT-S) Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and has served on the OKAPT Board for 14 years.  She has served as Secretary, President, and Vice President Elect.  She has been a play therapist for 26 years and is currently the Supervisor of BH Clinical Services at the Cherokee Nation Indian Clinic in Vinita.  She has extensive experience and training in disaster response, traumatic stress, and working with child abuse and domestic violence survivors.  She completed her Master’s Degree at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.  She holds three licenses in the state of Oklahoma LPC, LBP and LADC-S.  She is a Certified Therapist in EMDR, a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, A Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, and a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Her desire is to keep working with children and help OKAPT reach & meet the needs of all therapists, in Oklahoma, who are working with children.

Robbin Keith, MSW
Robbin Keith, MSW, a therapist specializing in grief, hospice, trauma, adolescence and family dynamics.  Ms. Keith has been a Oklahoma Association for Play Therapy Board Member since 2010, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Human Services at Tulsa Community College. She facilitates empowerment and life skills groups for alternative learning high school students.  Ms. Keith facilitates parent workshops and has been a Mental Health Consultant for Head Start programs. She has extensive experience in working with child welfare families and children in out of home placements. Ms. Keith was a co-presenter at the Association for Play Therapy International Conference in 2016.

Lea May, LMFT, RPT
Lea is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, and received her play therapy training at MNU in Olathe, Kansas.  She is currently a supervisor for LMFT licensure and is working on becoming a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.  Lea the owner and a practitioner at Instilling Hope, LLC in Oklahoma City.  Additionally, Lea is co-owner of the Oklahoma Play Therapy Training Institute and is dedicated to providing quality play therapy trainings in the Oklahoma City metro.  Lea has served on the OKAPT board these past two years and has been a part of development of the OKAPT website and monthly Lunch-and-Learn trainings in Oklahoma City.  Lea would like to continue to spread the word play therapy throughout the state of Oklahoma!

Cynthia Osuna, LPC, NCC, RPT
Cynthia Osuna is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and an EMDR trained therapist.  Currently, she works for Lawton Public Schools and owns her own private practice.  She is also bilingual in Spanish!  Cynthia received her Master in Arts degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.  On top of being a therapist, she is also a military wife, mother of 3 boys (ages 18, 16 & 11) and mommy of 2 playful dogs. Her husband, Jaime, of 22 years is getting ready to retire in January from the Army after 24 years of service. Cynthia enjoys her family time, traveling, hanging out with friends, loves the color purple, dancing and playing!

As an employee of Lawton Public Schools, she is one of the licensed counselors employed by the district to provide counseling services to those wanting to add counseling to their IEP.  She is assigned to two different high schools working with students who struggle with emotional disturbances and those that are in the self-contained classroom.  When Cynthia is not working at school she works at her private practice, iTHRIVE Counseling Services, LLC.  At her private practice she has an adult room, a play room and is working on creating a sand tray room.  This is her baby and hopes to one day be able to make it her full-time gig.  Her next goal is to finished the certification process for EMDR and begin the program to become a Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist.  Cynthia is a member of the APT (Association for Play Therapy), OCA (Oklahoma Counseling Association), SSI (Southern Sandtray Institute), EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association), and IATP (International Association of Trauma Professionals).  Cynthia also volunteers her time as a provider with Give an Hour and the Silent War Foundation.

Julie Reising, LMFT
Julie Reising is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Beyond those titles, Julie simply has a desire to change the world – one person and one relationship at a time. She works with individuals, couples, children and families. Having worked with clients from ages 2-86, Julie has developed a passion for engaging children and adolescents beyond “talk therapy”. She utilizes activities and intervention techniques that address and work within the child and teen developmental stages.

Julie holds a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University and has over 15 years of experience as a family therapist, working in both private practice and agency settings. She enjoys sharing her perspective with others through writing and speaking. Julie is an Oklahoma Approved LMFT Supervisor and is working toward her registration as a play therapist. She and her husband of 28 years have two children and a daughter-in-law, and they are completely smitten with their first grandchild.

All the best,
Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
Interim President-Elect

Last Call for Nominations

Happy Fall OKAPT members!


As you know, nominations for Board Members and President-Elect are coming to a close.  At this past board meeting, the board has decided to extend the call for nominations until October 15, 2016.  Our President, Cynthia Wolf, has decided to step down after the close of this term.  She has already served over two years as President, and we all appreciate her hard work!  She will continue to be a part of the board as a non-voting member for two years following her term.  This change means that we are now in need of people nominated that would want to be considered for President or President-Elect.  If you know of someone that would be interested in either of these two positions, please email by October 15, 2016.  The following would be the dates for these two positions:

President would serve April 1, 2017-March 31, 2019.

President-Elect would serve April 1, 2017-March 31, 2019; then moves into President’s position and serves from April 1, 2019-March 31, 2021.

Free CEUs for Members

AS an added value to your membership in OKAPT, members will be able to attend FREE CEU trainings the Friday night before the Annual Conference.  These CEUs will be offered on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.  More information to come!  Please feel free to offer suggestions for subjects you would like to learn regarding play therapy.

Volunteers Needed

If you would like to be a part of the annual conference, please consider volunteering to present for one of our Friday night workshops.  If you would like to volunteer to present for the Ethics/Supervision course, you would need to be an RPT-S.

Thank you!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

Interim President-Elect

August 22, 2016

Hello Oklahoma Association for Play Therapy members!

I hope this summer has treated you well and you are ready for the upcoming school year!  I just wanted to take some time to share some news and opportunities for you regarding OKAPT.


On our NEW OKAPT website, we have just announced our annual conference presenter for 2017.  Dr. Robert Jason Grant will presenting on “Play Therapy for Autism, ADHD, and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders” on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Find out more about the presentation and Dr. Grant at


Nominations are now open for those interested in participating on the OKAPT board for 2017-2019.  When you nominate someone (or yourself) for the board, please remark if you want them to be considered for President-Elect or a board member.  Nominations will be open from today until September 30, 2016.  Voting will take place in October.  The announcement of the newly elected board will be made by December.  The first board meeting for those newly elected will be held at the annual conference on January 28, 2017.  To nominate someone, please email the Interim President-Elect, Nancy Rumley Soliz at  Please note OKAPT NOMINATION in the subject line.  If you have any questions about nominations, feel free to email Nancy as well.

Duties for a board member include:

  • *Attend or contribute to the four meetings held throughout the year.
  • *Attend and help with the annual conference held in January.
  • *Additionally, your opinions, talents, and skills will be valued and may be utilized for various duties to promote play therapy in Oklahoma.  This may include: presentations about play therapy, promoting play therapy in your area/across the state, website or technological insight, or other ideas you may have.  Please always be considering how you can use your skills to promote play therapy in Oklahoma.

Duties for President-Elect include:

  • *All duties of a board member
  • *Shadowing President for the 2 years as President-Elect, so you can take over the position of President 2019-2021.
  • *Coordination of annual conference-finding a speaker and making appropriate preparations for their arrival.
  • *Board nominations and election done in 2018

Thank you for your membership!  We hope to see you all in January!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
Interim President-Elect

Cynthia Wolf, LPC, RPT

April 25, 2016

Greetings from the OKAPT Board Members!

We hope you have had the opportunity to check out the new webpage at  It is a work in progress, and we are wanting any feedback you have that would make the site more beneficial.

In August 2016, an email will be sent to inquire about nominations for board members for 2017-2019.  Please be considering if you would like to nominate someone to the board.  The responsibilities for the board members include: attending 4-6 meetings throughout each year, preparing for the annual state conference, and various other duties in order to spread the importance of play therapy in the State of Oklahoma.

An nomination for the President-Elect will also be done at this time.  The President-Elect will serve 2017-2019 and will become President during  2020-2022.  The responsibilities of the President-Elect are the same as the board members with the additional responsibilities of: shadowing the President’s duties and taking over in his/her absence, nomination of board members at the next election, and obtaining a speaker for the annual state conferences.  Again, this email is to serve as a reminder to start asking around or thinking about who might be an asset to your OKAPT board.  Official nominations will be done in August 2016, with the election taking place in November 2016.

As always, we invite you to join us in promoting play therapy in the our state by encouraging other professionals to become a member of APT!  Membership benefits include: reduce conference fees, free Lunch-and-Learn Trainings, receipt of the International Journal of Play Therapy and Play Therapy Magazine, and various other ways to stay connected to other professionals.

Thank you!

OKAPT Board Members

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